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  • The Guilty Ones

  • A Jackman and Evans Thriller
  • By: Joy Ellis
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 589
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586

Jackman’s sister-in-law Sarah disappears to London and throws herself into the river. What drove her to this? She was a woman with a seemingly happy home life and two beloved sons. DI Jackman and DI Evans dig into Sarah’s life. And Jackman realises he knew almost nothing about his sister-in-law’s past. Then, they discover a woman in a neighbouring village died in similar circumstances. What is the connection to a convicted murderer whose family are convinced he is innocent? Who is really pulling the strings?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not Quite The Same Buzz This Time!

  • By Simon on 06-02-19

Did not disappoint

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-19

I had this audio book on back order and was waiting eagerly for release. It did not disappoint! The characters are as clearly discernible and likeable as ever and the plot was twisty turny as we would expect from Joy Ellis. I won't spoil your listen or read by going over the story, but the added romance enhanced the reality of the characters and the ending just leaves me waiting (again) for the next release. Great book.

  • The Secret Child

  • By: Kerry Fisher
  • Narrated by: Emma Spurgin Hussey
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 588
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540

Susie did something that she knows she will always regret: giving her baby son up for adoption, to keep her infidelity secret from her family. Louise, Susie's daughter, feels the effects of that decision echoing down through the years - her mother has always been difficult, too strict with her but not strict enough with her sister, Grace, who is wild and out of control. And Danny, Susie's husband, adores her but has always sensed something wrong at the heart of their marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really thought provoking story

  • By Frances Locke on 25-02-18

Heart rending and heart warming

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-12-18

Lovely story beautifully narrated. So many
Of the family emotions will be familiar to listeners. The love/hate of siblings, the devotion of life partners who get it right so much of the time, but dreadfully wrong in the instances that really matter.
An excellent listen. Thank you.

  • The Murder Bag

  • By: Tony Parsons
  • Narrated by: Colin Mace
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,271

Twenty years ago seven students became friends at their exclusive private school, Potter's Field. Now they have started dying in the most violent way imaginable. Detective Max Wolfe follows the bloody trail from the backstreets and bright lights of the city, to the darkest corners of the corridors of power. As the bodies pile up, Max finds he is fighting not only for justice, but for his own life....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Standard, but a high standard

  • By Philip on 05-04-15

Gripping

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-07-18

Having only recently started listening to crime thrillers I’m new to the genre and new to Tony Parsons.

I was gripped from the first sentence and remained so until the last.

Wonderfully narrated, with the characters all fully and instantly recognisable.

Twists and turns that kept me glued to my headphones, blended with humanity on the one hand and brutality on the other.

An excellent listen.

  • Silver Bay

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie, Stan Pretty
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Liza McCullen will never escape her past, but the unspoilt beaches and tight-knit community of Silver Bay offer the safety she craves for her young daughter, Hannah...until Mike Dormer arrives, and the peace of Silver Bay is shattered. The mild-mannered Englishman could destroy everything Liza has worked so hard to protect: not only the family business and the bay that harbours her beloved whales but also her conviction that she will never love again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Please persevere

  • By Liz on 07-03-18

Please persevere

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I downloaded this book eagerly because I love Jojo Moyes. However, unlike any other of her books I have listened to, it really was a struggle to get into it.

But I am so glad I persevered. This is a wonderful, heartwarming story and the narration is absolutely brilliant.

So please don’t give up or be put off by the slow start. It is so worth it to hang on in there.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Ship of Brides

  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Nicolette McKenzie
  • Length: 15 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 508
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Australia, 1946: 650 brides are departing for England to meet the men they married in wartime. But instead of the luxury liner they were expecting, they find themselves aboard an aircraft carrier, alongside a thousand men. On the sun-baked decks, old loves and past promises become distant memories, and tensions are stretched to the limit as brides and husbands change their minds. And for Frances Mackenzie, it soon becomes clear that the journey is more important than the destination....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but found it slow.

  • By Elizabeth B on 12-06-18

Superb Read

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 26-01-18

Lovely, lovely story - gentle, but quite un-put-downable.

BUT........

The narration was SUPERB!!!! Regional accents, dialects, male, female all completely and instantly recognisable.

This is what made a great listen a superb one!

12 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Break

  • By: Marian Keyes
  • Narrated by: Aoife McMahon
  • Length: 19 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,074

The story of a relationship that everyone thought was forever and which is now in danger of being for never, The Break is about getting older and staying in love when life, real life, is trying to pull you apart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • So boring ...

  • By Heike on 14-11-17

Another Lovely Marian Keyes Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

This is a lovely book. The characters are so recognisable and Aoife McMahon brings them to life beautifully.

I didn't feel it was lightweight as it covered some important issues, but it was definitely an easy listen.

It's one of the best Marian Keyes I've listened to in a long time. If you like her writing, you'll love this.

  • La Belle Sauvage

  • The Book of Dust, Volume 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Michael Sheen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,355
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,946

Philip Pullman returns to the world of His Dark Materials with this magnificent first volume of The Book of Dust series. Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them - a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping Story, Great Narrator

  • By Lorenzo on 21-10-17

Wow!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I downloaded the book eager to be back into the world of Dark Materials and this first volume of the Book of Dust did not disappoint.

The story is absolutely gripping and Michael Sheen's narration is just excellent. The enthralling nature of the adventure was beautifully played out with his spell-binding delivery and some of the more tense elements (there were many) were so riveting if it had been an actual book it would have been un-put-downable.

I don't really want to comment on the story because that will spoil it for you, but I will just say that Malcolm is the bravest little chap and if he were my son I would be so proud of him.

Can't wait for volume two,

  • The Thirst

  • Harry Hole, Book 11
  • By: Jo Nesbo
  • Narrated by: Sean Barrett
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124

A woman is found murdered after an Internet date. The marks left on her body show the police that they are dealing with a particularly vicious killer. Under pressure from the media to find the murderer, the force know there's only one man for the job. But Harry Hole is reluctant to return to the place that almost took everything from him. Until he starts to suspect a connection between this killing and his one failed case.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant as normal

  • By Sue Edwards on 07-05-17

A little disappointing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-17

I don't usually listen to crime, but this audiobook had such good reviews I decided to give it a go.

I have to say I really struggled. Firstly, there seemed to be a lot of characters that one had to keep a track on and with their names all being Norwegian I found it really difficult to remember who was who.

Secondly, the narrator's voice was naturally quite low and husky, but sometimes he dropped it so low - almost to a whisper - I just could not hear it. I have reasonably good earphones (never had a problem before) and the device was on full sound, but I missed a lot of the quieter narrative.

I do understand that Jo Nesbo has a great following and perhaps I need to try again with another of his books, but for me this time, it was just too much like hard work.

Sorry - I don't like giving negative reviews!

  • Survivor

  • By: Lesley Pearse
  • Narrated by: Alison Dowling
  • Length: 16 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285

London, 1939: Eighteen-year-old Mari is defiant, strong-willed and selfish. She has craved independence her entire life and now, with the World on the brink of war, Mari has finally escaped the sleepy fishing village of her childhood in New Zealand. After passionately falling for Morgan, the cockney steward aboard ship on her voyage to England, she hastily dismisses him in favour of being taken out by handsome young pilots in the glamorous West end. But, without warning, the Blitz blows her new life apart. Now Mari has the chance to make a difference but can she learn from her mistakes in time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A really good story

  • By Heidi on 13-03-14

Enchanting!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-17

I had listened to the first two books in the Belle Series, but to be truthful, it wouldn't matter if you hadn't because the background is filled in pretty well. However, to get the feel of how Belle came to be in New Zealand (which is covered in book two), would help in the full enjoyment of this installment of the story.

It's lovely to know that Belle is happy at last, but the main storyline in the book is the adventures of her daughter Mari and how she develops from a stroppy pre-teen to a caring woman.

It brings home the hardships of people who suffered the Blitz during the Second World War and sharply contrasts between the rich and the poor, whilst proving yet again that wealth does not bring happiness or protection.

It's a lovely story and well worth a listen. I thoroughly recommend.

  • A Dog's Purpose

  • A novel for humans
  • By: W. Bruce Cameron
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Surprised to find himself reborn as a rambunctious golden-haired puppy after a tragically short life as a stray mutt, Bailey's search for his new life's meaning leads him into the loving arms of eight-year-old Ethan. During their countless adventures, Bailey joyously discovers how to be a good dog. But this life as a family pet is not the end of Bailey's journey. Reborn as a puppy yet again, Bailey wonders - will he ever find his purpose?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A dogs tail

  • By Tony Swinton on 23-04-17

Spellbinding!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 14-05-17

I have never, ever, either read a paper book or listened to an audio book that has had me laughing out loud one moment and sobbing the next and I'm NOT exaggerating about the sobbing!

This has just been such a wonderful experience. I was a former dog owner so a lot of it was particularly poignant for me, but even someone who has never had a dog of their own would recognise characteristics of this wonderful little pooch.

The narration is without doubt the best I have ever listened to. How William Dufris catches the exuberating nature of a puppy's responses and reactions, to the pathos of a grown dog who loves and is loved in return is absolutely delightful.

I thoroughly recommend this book - I didn't want it to end.